Jewish Journal

Ryan Torok

  • Moving and shaking

    6 days ago

    Dennis Ross, former senior Middle East adviser to President Barack Obama, appeared in a panel discussion on “Israel, America and the Middle East: Challenges for 2014” on March 19 at Sinai Temple.

    During the event, Ross expressed pessimism about the prospect of U.S. Secretary of...

  • Front-runners differ in county supervisor debate

    1 week ago

    Four candidates for the 3rd District seat of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors — Bobby Shriver, Sheila Kuehl, John Duran and Pamela Conley Ulich — sat on the bimah at Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) on the evening of April 6, grappling with the many challenges facing...

  • Moving and Shaking: Ted Sarandos honored, Persian New Year and Righteous Conversations Project PSAs

    3 weeks ago

    Entertainment industry titans gathered to honor the man of the moment, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance dinner on March 18. The event raised $1.6 million.

    Sarandos, who is responsible for Netflix hits “House of...

  • Till get do us part

    3 weeks ago

    Hurrying by the parking lot at the Lakeside Event Center in Las Vegas, Israel Meir Kin and his new wife, Daniela Barbosa, avoided eye contact with a group of about 30 demonstrators who had been waiting for them. Dressed for their wedding in a suit and gown, respectively, the couple...

  • Moving and Shaking: IAC Gala, FCLA opens new playground, Daniel Jaffe honored, more

    March 20, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    The Israeli American Council (IAC) honored Miriam and Isaac Shepher at its sixth annual gala. The March 9 event, which took place at the Beverly Hilton hotel, raised about $2.5 million for the organization.

    The Shephers, pro-Israel philanthropists and the founders of Life Alert,...

  • Helping the poor on Purim

    March 19, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    It was Purim, and the people of Skid Row were rushing Shari and Maya Rosenman’s minivan at Seventh Street and Gladys Avenue.

    Maya Rosenman, a student at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts who was home on spring break, scrambled to provide bags full of supplies to the...

  • Painting love over hate on vandalized Workmen’s Circle mural

    March 19, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    An organization that fosters Jewish identity has attempted to turn a recent act of vandalism into an opportunity for bridge-building between Jews and Muslims. 

    Last weekend, the SoCal Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle added the Arabic word “Salaam” — and its Hebrew and English...

  • Israel’s diplomatic corp labor strike continues

    March 19, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    Dissatisfied with its wages and working conditions, Israel’s diplomatic corps has been on strike for more than two weeks, and the ramifications of the labor sanctions are being felt even in Los Angeles.

    “We’re in an official labor dispute. We’re doing most of our work internally...

  • Moving and Shaking: Bet Tzedek gala, USHM LA dinner, Project Chicken Soup celebrates

    March 12, 2014 | 4:09 pm

    The Bet Tzedek Legal Services annual gala drew a capacity crowd of 1,500 guests to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel ballroom March 5 to celebrate its 40th anniversary and honor attorneys Bruce Ramer, Stanley Gold, five past Bet Tzedek leaders and other lawyers. 


  • Moving and shaking

    March 5, 2014 | 2:41 pm

    UCLA Holocaust historian Saul Friedlander has been named one of the winners of the 2014 Dan David Prize. He splits a
     $1 million award with Polish writer and activist Krzysztof Czyzewski and French historian Pierre Nora.

    “To get the prize is quite an honor. I’m very, very glad,...

  • Moving and Shaking: 12th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, Rabbi David Baron honored

    February 26, 2014 | 6:43 pm

    The 12th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, honoring the life and legacy of the Wall Street Journal reporter murdered by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in 2002, was held on Feb. 23 at UCLA. Samantha Power, United States ambassador to the United Nations, delivered the lecture and...

  • Intel Israel president rallies momentum

    February 26, 2014 | 4:27 pm

    Israel’s tech sector just might be resting on its laurels. 

    Shmuel Eden, president of Intel Israel and senior vice president of Intel Corp., said that Israel’s reputation as a start-up nation has caused Israeli innovators, who think their work is done now that Israel is...

  • UCLA student council rejects Israel divestment resolution

    February 26, 2014 | 10:05 am

    On Thursday, Feb. 26, in a decision that represents a victory for those who oppose any kind of boycott against Israel, the UCLA undergraduate student government voted 7-5 to strike down a proposed “Resolution to Divest from Companies that Violate Palestinian Human Rights.”


  • Congresswoman ‘disturbed,’ ‘saddened’ by Ugandan anti-gay bill

    February 25, 2014 | 4:28 pm

    Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-37th district) has denounced the decision of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to sign into law a bill that criminalizes specific forms of homosexual activity.

    “I am deeply disturbed and saddened that President Museveni decided to sign this...

  • Jewish group condemns new Ugandan anti-gay law

    February 24, 2014 | 4:55 pm

    After Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed into law a bill assigning a life sentence to some forms of homosexual activity, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), which has made LGBT rights its foremost issue, swiftly responded.

    “By signing this draconian bill...

  • Ramis was a filmmaker with a questioning soul

    February 24, 2014 | 12:24 pm

  • Harold Ramis, dead at 69

    February 24, 2014 | 10:11 am

  • Moving and shaking

    February 20, 2014 | 3:31 pm

    Milken Community Schools has named Kimberly Schwartz as principal of its upper school campus as of Feb. 4. She had been named to the post on an interim basis on Jan. 1, succeeding Roger Fuller.

    “Dr. Schwartz is one of those rare educators who simply ‘gets it,’ ” Gary Weisserman,...

  • Relationship skills bloom with help of ‘Flowers’

    February 20, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Behind my mask, I am happy and loyal,” a teenage girl says, lifting a mask off her face.

    “Because of my mask, I am very shy,” another girl says, removing a face covering.

    “We are beautiful, and so are you,” eight girls say in unison, standing in a row, facing their audience.

  • Milken holds TED talks

    February 20, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Dressed in a chic outfit, Milken Community Schools senior Maddy Levine told a crowd of her peers, educators and others that fashion choices aren’t superficial or accidental. Far from it — we can learn much from them.

    “In striving for a more creative, cutting-edge and innovative...

  • Super Sunday raises $1.3 million

    February 13, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    More than 400 volunteers, including 300 phone bankers, helped The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles raise an excess of $1.3 million this month on Super Sunday, the phone-a-thon that marks the beginning of its annual fundraising campaign. 

    That figure represents a dip from...

  • Moving and shaking

    February 13, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    Rabbi David Ellenson, immediate past president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), and Sue Neuman Hochberg, chair of the HUC-JIR Western Region Board of Overseers, were honored with a musical tribute at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Feb. 9.

    More than...

  • Jewish community remembers Sid Caesar

    February 12, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Responding to today’s news about the passing of comedy legend Sid Caesar, Los Angeles community members praised the veteran comic’s ability to win over an audience.

    “He was an awfully funny guy,” Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) said, “and an awfully incredible...

  • Surveillance video recorded vandals at Workmen’s Circle

    February 7, 2014 | 3:15 pm

    Security cameras at a Chabad center captured two separate incidents of vandals defacing a mural at the SoCal Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle building in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood this week. The Chabad is located across the street from the Workman’s Circle, and the actions were...

  • Israeli-American Council expands to Miami

    February 5, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    The Los Angeles-based Israeli American Council (IAC), which sponsors activities targeted for the Israeli-American community, has expanded to open an office in Miami as part of a “national growth plan” first previewed in September.  Florida, and particularly the region around Miami,...

  • Indie goes Jewish…Vol. 1

    February 4, 2014 | 3:43 pm

  • New Skirball chair no stranger to community leadership

    January 31, 2014 | 12:41 pm

    Twenty years ago, Peter M. Weil enjoyed a private tour of Hebrew University of Jerusalem that left a lasting impression. A friend of the university had arranged the visit, during which the school’s leaders took Weil to see their archive of some of Albert Einstein’s personal...

  • Moving and shaking

    January 29, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    Temple Beth Am congregants Louis and Judith Miller have bequeathed $1 million to the Schechter Institutes’ TALI Education Fund in Israel. 

    The Jerusalem-based Schechter Institutes provide pluralistic Jewish education to individuals young and old, Israeli and otherwise. The...

  • Moving and Shaking: Tommy Lasorda visits TEBH, Yiddishkayt names new development director

    January 23, 2014 | 5:25 pm

    Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, 86, was the center of attention during Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills’ “Baseball Day” on Jan. 14, and his star power was enough to draw more than 150 attendees. 

    A Q-and-A conducted by Ben Platt, national correspondent for Major...

  • Conference explores potential for day schools

    January 23, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    Last weekend’s Ravsak/Pardes Jewish Day School Leadership Conference, “Moving the Needle: Galvanizing Change in Our Day Schools,” focused on ways to transform day schools at a time when external factors such as the economy and demography have negatively affected enrollment. 

  • Moving and Shaking: Ariel Sharon and Anne Samson honored

    January 16, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    From left: At Los Angeles City Hall, businessman and activist Joe Shooshani, L.A. councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Jerry Levey, Israel Consul General David Siegel, Councilmember Paul Koretz and Adam King gathered to commemorate the passing of Israeli leader Ariel Sharon. Photo...

  • How reliable is social media during a disaster?

    January 15, 2014 | 5:13 pm

    Mark Benthien, communications director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), is not optimistic that social media will help much in the event of an earthquake. 

    He worries that just as phone lines and electricity went down following the 6.7 magnitude Northridge...

  • Lessons in earthquake preparedness

    January 15, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    If Los Angeles’ Jewish day schools are prepared for a major earthquake, they have the accreditation requirements of BJE-Builders of Jewish Education, an umbrella organization for local Jewish education, in large part to thank.

    BJE helps schools develop earthquake safety measures...

  • Listen for God’s voice amid an earthquake’s shaking

    January 15, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    In the event of an earthquake, look upward and take the earth’s shaking as a sign of an awe-inspiring God, Rabbi Laura Geller recommends.

    In the event of an earthquake, look outward and care for your neighbor, says Rabbi Yonah Bookstein. 

    And Rabbi Harold Schulweis, in his...

  • Hillel guidelines scrutinized

    January 15, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Hillel International CEO and president Eric Fingerhut has called for a review of how his organization’s national guidelines will be applied to Hillels on college campuses around the country.

    “The guidelines were passed in 2010. Frankly, not a lot of work was done on how to...

  • Nomination deadline for tikkun olam award approaching

    January 10, 2014 | 4:39 pm

    Social-justice minded Jewish teens take heed. The Helen Diller Family Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its 2014 Diller Tikkun Olam Award, which is presented to 13- to 19-year-olds who have exhibited passion and leadership in tikkun olam.

    “Teens have a special...